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by sandyfortner
Sep 12 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike
Replies: 23
Views: 2048

Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

@gardener
Trail angels always appreciate any help we get - it allows us to help future hikers. Some hikers pay with PayPal, some send a check, others have just given cash or even taken me out to lunch. Some pay nothing. We TAs help out as best as we can on reasonable requests regardless.
by sandyfortner
Jun 22 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike
Replies: 23
Views: 2048

Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

@gardener
I'm in Apache Junction so not close but can help out if I have advanced notice am not on the trail myself!
by sandyfortner
Jun 21 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike
Replies: 23
Views: 2048

Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

@gardener We do have some spectacular trail angels who do their best to get cache boxes near them filled / empties retrieved. Often a hiker will contact trail angels and ask if water can be cached for them with name and date on the bottles, or the hikers go ahead of time and cache for themselves. G...
by sandyfortner
Jun 20 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike
Replies: 23
Views: 2048

Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

@sahunter Great time to start SOBO. Up north the days are generally balmy right about then - nights are cool, especially for us desert rats (I see you're from Tucson), but generally not freezing temps. By the time the temps really dip, you will be nearing the desert. Of course, when you get south, ...
by sandyfortner
Apr 27 2019 9:10 am
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Arrangements for Hiking AZT Passages 29 & 30
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Arrangements for Hiking AZT Passages 29 & 30

Yep, parking and access are generally easy access. It will be WET unless your up on the mesa, so plan on maybe an extra pair of socks to switch out. Gooseberry Springs access was closed last week when I went by due to all the mud / standing water, but I know that a crew has since been in there makin...
by sandyfortner
Mar 27 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Arizona National Scenic Trail
Topic: Passages 22-27 March 17-23
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Passages 22-27 March 17-23

Just spoke with someone who was on Passage 23 this past week and the snow is almost all gone. I'm told plenty of dead fall. I also hear that Mormon Lake is MUDDY! I'll be out on 23b this weekend for a recon trip and again next week when we will try and remove as much dead fall as we can - you'll pro...
by sandyfortner
Mar 12 2019 10:49 am
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Checklist for Passage 1 through 3
Replies: 10
Views: 674

Re: Checklist for Passage 1 through 3

@jtwolfman Another Michigander, eh! I graduated from Cros-Lex High, in the Thumb, oh, about a million years ago! Snakes - no worries. And this comes from someone who does not like them / is afraid of them. You are not on their food list. I rarely see a snake, and of the few I have seen, I bet I've ...
by sandyfortner
Mar 09 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Checklist for Passage 1 through 3
Replies: 10
Views: 674

Re: Checklist for Passage 1 through 3

By first-timer - do you mean new to the AZT or new to backpacking? If you are already a backpacker, then passages 1-3 really require very little modification. You'll want to check night temps for when you'll be there and bring an appropriately rated bag, rain gear if necessary, micro-spikes if neces...
by sandyfortner
Mar 09 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Arizona National Scenic Trail
Topic: Passages 22-27 March 17-23
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Passages 22-27 March 17-23

A storm is coming in this week - supposed to hit Tue / Wed with lots of rain and snow at elevation. After that, it should settle down again, starting on Thurs. The snow has been melting quite quickly. I would say that you should be good to go by the 17th, just knowing that the north facing slopes at...
by sandyfortner
Mar 07 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Arizona National Scenic Trail
Topic: Current conditions in the Superstitions
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Current conditions in the Superstitions

@pjhikes
Good to know about the snow. Thanks for posting the update.
by sandyfortner
Mar 03 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Arizona National Scenic Trail
Topic: Current conditions in the Superstitions
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Current conditions in the Superstitions

@pjhikes
Did you wind up hiking this? Just heard from 2 thru-hikers - very experienced - who used the word "hectic" to describe Superior to Roosevelt. They also suggested to my friend that we put our plan of hiking Passage 19 this week on hold.
by sandyfortner
Feb 23 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: AZT thru hike in March 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2370

Re: AZT thru hike in March 2018

Not sure what she used, but I would assume it's the Arizona Trail app - Guthook. Costs 10 bucks, works off line / on airplane mode / provides a map and you - as a blue dot - on it, a guide with trail resources, elevation etc. Great resource. Go to your app store on your phone and search your apps fo...
by sandyfortner
Feb 21 2019 12:04 am
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike
Replies: 23
Views: 2048

Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

Well, watch our weather - maybe you'll need to cache some, but maybe not. Last fall was pretty wet. This year so far has been good also. Some people come out a week or so early and cache, some get others to cache for them, and some just rely on ATA boxes and natural sources.
by sandyfortner
Feb 19 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Thruhike wether snow Temps end February ~24. Start
Replies: 7
Views: 592

Re: Thruhike wether snow Temps end February ~24. Start

So I'm sure you're noting our current weather. Just keep and eye on it and plan accordingly. This can't last forever!
by sandyfortner
Feb 15 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Arizona National Scenic Trail
Topic: Latest Reasonable NOBO Spring Start Date
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Re: Latest Reasonable NOBO Spring Start Date

Generally we are warming up by April and May can have some toasty days - hit the 90s. Since you're a thru-hiker and desert dweller, I'm guessing you'd be OK - with certain precautions. Of course, the more miles you can do in a day, the sooner you'll be past the desert and into the high country. But,...
by sandyfortner
Feb 09 2019 8:31 am
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Thruhike wether snow Temps end February ~24. Start
Replies: 7
Views: 592

Re: Thruhike wether snow Temps end February ~24. Start

Don't stress about it. You will be fine. Mother Nature may throw some snow your way in the higher elevations - such as in the 1st 8 miles -but several hikers are starting in Feb, so if you watch their posts, you'll have an idea of what's ahead. And, of course, up date your information for those comi...
by sandyfortner
Feb 05 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: AZT General
Topic: Arizona Trail - AWARDS and recognition
Replies: 6
Views: 532

Re: Arizona Trail - AWARDS and recognition

Nice! Thank you for posting!
by sandyfortner
Feb 05 2019 7:39 am
Forum: AZT General
Topic: "Official" Mileage - Flagstaff Sections
Replies: 12
Views: 462

Re: "Official" Mileage - Flagstaff Sections

Well, now, let me amend that! I don't know about the Flagstaff alternate. It is listed in both the trip log and on the finishers' list. HMM. The Pusch Wilderness bypass is not, so that is not part of the 100% completed. BUT - Flagstaff bypass just may be.
by sandyfortner
Feb 05 2019 7:33 am
Forum: AZT General
Topic: "Official" Mileage - Flagstaff Sections
Replies: 12
Views: 462

Re: "Official" Mileage - Flagstaff Sections

No, you don't have to hike both. On this FORUM, there is a list of who is reporting their progress. When you do a section, it maps it for you and keeps your list, as long as you fill out a trip report and post it. You will show up at 100% as long as you do the continuous trail from border to border....
by sandyfortner
Feb 04 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: AZT Hiking
Topic: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike
Replies: 23
Views: 2048

Re: Fall 2019 SOBO thru hike

@gardener I would say yes to resupply - as long as you're flexible and 15 miles, maybe in a few places, 20 between reliable water. But, you may find unexpected happy surprises and find water where you didn't think you would. Be sure and get the app. It's 10 bucks and is a great resource. You'll be ...

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